I’m 82. I remember the war. This donation isn’t much, but it is from my heart. To the veterans—Thank you for a good life. Thank you for your bravery and sufferings. May God bless you and your family for all you’ve done for America but thank you the most that I have had the opportunity to live free. Thank you. I love you.Joan Holloway
Yesterday, I learned of the passing of a Veteran that I met while doing my oral history work. His name is Cliff Treese, a US Marine who served in Vietnam. He was badly injured during his service but he did not let that injury limit or define him. Cliff was active with helping fellow Veterans and I bought one of his wonderful wood commemorative plaques. To learn more about Cliff Tresse, see his story here:
While I did not know him well, you could tell that Cliff impacted many people, mostly his fellow Veterans. In this way, Cliff has never left us but only moves on. It is not the things you leave behind, but your example, encouragement, and influence. Well done Cliff.
The annual reunion that honors the legacy of the Veterans for the 82nd Airborne is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The dates for the reunion are October 31, 2018, to November 4, 2018.
This year’s reunion marks the 50th Anniversary for the Golden Brigade in Vietnam, the 35th Anniversary for Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, and the 15th Anniversary for OIF Operation Northern Delay in Iraq.
The reunion will honor all former paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne as well as active duty service members. Typically, Veterans from World War II, Korea, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, and Afghanistan attend the reunion. Naturally, the Making History Project is planning on attending this fantastic event.
To sign up to attend or to learn more, visit the 508 P.I.R Reunion Site.